Tis the season and Shepparton is celebrating with its annual Carols by Candlelight on Sunday.
The huge annual event, hosted by Shepparton Theatre Arts Group’s Nicky Pummeroy and Matt Dowling, will start at 6.30pm with a children’s program.
Carols program chair Shirley Ferguson said it was a wonderful time of the year for the community to gather.
‘‘We’ll have a group of 16- and 17-year-olds starting off the program with a 20-minute performance from the Amy Newton Dance Studio,’’ she said.
Mrs Ferguson said guests would also get to enjoy a new soloist to the program — Megan Scott — as well as favourites Sean O’Brien, Renee Rankin and Fortessima.
‘‘Cindy Doherty is a local girl who has been away, but will return home to perform,’’ Mrs Ferguson said.
‘‘We will of course have a very special guest coming all the way from the North Pole.’’
There will also be a chance to join in the public carols with the Christmas choir, Goulburn Valley Pipes and Drums and the Shepparton Brass and Wind band.
‘‘People can join in and exercise their vocal cords,’’ Mrs Ferguson said.
Greater Shepparton City Council festival and events officer Bonnie McIntosh said the council was excited to bring the free event to the community, which will be in the Queen’s Gardens.
Ms McIntosh said in the event of rain, the carols would be at the multi-purpose pavilion at Shepparton Showgrounds.
Guests will be able to buy candles and other merchandise at the event.
The event will culminate in a huge fireworks display, sponsored by Goulburn Murray Credit Union, at 9.30pm.
The Shepparton Carols by Candlelight will be on Sunday from 6.30pm at Queen’s Gardens, corner Wyndham St and Nixon St.